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  • Summary: KINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship and light vs. darkness as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined byKINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship and light vs. darkness as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. Sora, Donald, and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds. [Square Enix] Expand
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  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Genre(s): Action RPG, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Role-Playing, Action RPG
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: E10+
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Feb 3, 2019
    95
    Kingdom Hearts III is the game fans were waiting for. Thanks to its addictive gameplay, a beautiful graphic design and a spectacular soundtrack, the game puts a finishing touch to the Xehanort saga with a plot not suitable for beginners.
  2. Feb 14, 2019
    90
    Fans of the series have been waiting for this game for a long time, and Kingdom Hearts III will not disappoint them. Both the new and old worlds are a joy to play through, and you are given the freedom to explore them as and when you want. The story is complicated, there's no denying it, and this is not an easy jumping on point for people new to the series. If you put your time into this game there's an abundance of rewards to get out of it, only tarnished by some minor gameplay issues. Sora's latest adventure is magical.
  3. Feb 19, 2019
    90
    So, has the decade long wait for this anticipated sequel lived up to all the hype? It’s hard to say. I did enjoy my 30 hours with it by the time the credits rolled, and can easily go back for another 50+ hours for bonus stuff should I desire in the future. It’s such an odd feeling to finally have some closure and finality to the series I’ve been enjoying for almost two decades, but it’s finally time to say goodbye to this chapter of Kingdom Hearts and await to see what comes next, hopefully with a much shorter wait this time around and a much more concise way of storytelling.
  4. Feb 1, 2019
    85
    Kingdom Hearts III manages to answer many of the series pending questions, entertaining us with an immediate and maybe a bit too easy but very funny gameplay and wowing us with awesome graphics. Story and gameplay might have been better paced and we feel something more could have been made on the many series' pending plots, but this definitely is a game every lover of the series needs to play.
  5. Feb 4, 2019
    80
    As a pretext for a trip to the worlds of Disney, it is mesmerizing from start to finish, thanks to an exemplary artistic direction that adapts constantly to the subject. It offers a surprising variety of gameplay and constantly draws the eye, thanks to its dynamic fights. However, the redundancy of the confrontations and its ultra condensed scenario which is lost in uninvited dialogues will sometimes tend to annoy or tire.
  6. Jan 24, 2019
    80
    The pulsating heart of the product is in fact also represented by the wanderings of the hero through the brilliant licenses Disney and Pixar, capable of supporting and embellishing a fresco so undoubtedly epic but also imperfect, wounded by the gears of time.
  7. Feb 4, 2019
    50
    The game pitches itself as the finale to a series so many have grown up with, but it hasn’t matured with its audience or video games as a medium.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 56
  2. Negative: 11 out of 56
  1. Feb 15, 2019
    10
    Kingdom hearts 3 es un juego muy completo, variado y divertido. Su jugabilidad es la mejor de la saga, su historia simplemente bella y susKingdom hearts 3 es un juego muy completo, variado y divertido. Su jugabilidad es la mejor de la saga, su historia simplemente bella y sus gráficos mágicos. Lo único malo del juego es que en puntos concretos la cámara estorba. Un firme candidato a Goty. Expand
  2. Jan 29, 2019
    10
    Very good game . Very fun and exciting , buy it because it's worth it !!!!
  3. Feb 10, 2019
    10
    Игра самая лучшая JRPG этого года!Одна из лучших и добрых серий во вселенной!
    Я ждал ее 13 лет и неделю!За это время _у меня было 2
    Игра самая лучшая JRPG этого года!Одна из лучших и добрых серий во вселенной!
    Я ждал ее 13 лет и неделю!За это время _у меня было 2 девушки,работал на аттаракционах 3 месяца,1 год помощник пекаря,1 год помощником кондитера,2 года разнорабочим!.У меня перебыли поколения приставок-PS2-ps3,psp/ps vita/ps4/xbox one/nintendo ds/2 ds/gba sp//.потерял всех своих друзей из детства....((((((и остался вообще без друзей в реальной жизни.....
    Игра одна из лучших,где ты возвращаешься в прошлое и ты чувствуешь ,что тебе хорошо!И ты не хочешь выходить из игры!ТЫ хочешь жить там Вечно!Я обожаю серию Kingdom Hearts!
    Самое лучшее возвращение игры из прошлого и продолжатель прошлой истории из 2002 года!
    Номинант на Игру Года! Наконец ..после этой игры чувствуешь,что живешь игрой!
    Очень красивая и потрясающая графика!Жаль..до сих пор,не дотягивает реальная графика игры,до CGI заставок Kingdom Hearts 2!Но м все ближе и ближе подходим к этому!!Возможно уже в Kingdom Hearts 4 будет,как раз та графика в самой игре,как графон из CGI заставки в Kingdom Hearts 2 на PS2!
    Лучшее возвращение ,величайшей серии из прошлого!
    И продолжатель!
    Всем советую!,Кто любит Аниме и красивые сказки Диснея!
    Спаcибо тебе огромное Тецуя Номура ,еще за одну потрясающую игру в серии Kingdom Hearts!
    Благодаря Kingdom Hearts 3 ты снова веришь в чудеса и сказку Диснеевскую!
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  4. Feb 4, 2019
    10
    Wow I am surprised to see the user score so low, I have been having a fantastic time with this game.
  5. Jan 30, 2019
    10
    Good game, i have put in 30 hours of game play and still plan on playing at least 30 more.
  6. Feb 14, 2019
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game is overall quite an enjoyable experience, provided you know what you're getting yourself into.

    Starting off immediately following the events of the previous game, we find ourselves quickly put into action (after the series' regular setup of CG J-Pop music videos and stat-development selection) in a hybrid Prologue/Tutorial in Olympus, greeted by Hercules and an absolutely exhausting screen with the words "Kingdom Hearts II.9" written as the most blatantly tongue-in-cheek meta-commentary this game pulls.

    Having plenty of experience with KH1 & 2 and zero playtime on any of the other games, I knew that obtuse plot details and callbacks to obscure concepts would be the norm in this game, and they are indeed endless. Having heard my fair share of terrible dialogue and plotting, I knew before even installing the game that my experience would be substantially elevated if I just chose not to care about how serious Kingdom Hearts takes itself. There are many moments of levity, of course, with even a few jabs at how ridiculous this all is. While this self-criticism is a great way to get exasperated listeners like me to crack a smile, there is a big difference in acknowledging a problem and doing something about it.

    Sora, our returning spikey-haired hero, is at the center of all these plot contrivances. It is very fortunate that they play Sora for the dumb but competent type (aka Goku), or else I feel that he would have become sick of the plot halfway through the second game and wheeled off into the sunset in his Gummi Ship. Haley Joel Osment again reprises his voice role, bringing a more mature sounding Sora while maintaining his friendly demeanor consistently through the game. Sora is joined of course by Donald and Goofy, and a highlight of the game is how most of the interactions among the three play out organically and as if they have known each other through all the past trials. For nearly all of the worlds, Sora and Co. are simply observers of truncated movie plots, only interacting with other protagonists after the elusive Organization XIII creates problems while studying each world.

    One of the stronger points in the game would be how good the writers were at melding the ethos of Sora’s enemies with the plots of the movies he journeys through. Do the Toys in Toy Story have Hearts? Is Rapunzel’s Heart of pure light threatened by her captivity or protected? The highlight of this being that the Organization does not realize that the heart inside of Davy Jones’ black treasure chest is his literal heart, not his “Heart.” Since most of these Disney stories are about good vs evil, it is interesting to see the clever ways the writers weave their original light vs dark story into the ones we’re familiar with. If only the main plot wasn’t a bunch of inconsistent, pedantic garbage.

    What is Kingdom Hearts? What’s the difference between a Heart and a soul? These questions that are fundamental to the main characters’ motivations are never sufficiently answered. At this point I’d rather them not be answered because any explanation would probably raise even more questions that I’d rather not think about.

    World design also varies in quality. None of the maps are bad but some (looking at you Monstropolis) capture the feel of the source movie but fall flat as exploration and combat opportunities go. Each world brings something new to the table though, and it is very clear that the developers were trying to give as much variety as possible. The implementation of parkour and wall-running add some great verticality to the levels that makes the environments feel more natural.

    The music in this game is, of course, exceptional. Yoko Shimomura returns with fantastic compositions and accompaniment, creating a sonic aesthetic that is always emotionally on key and captures the spirit of the Disney worlds with grace.

    Playing this game on a first-run Xbox One showed me that this game follows a trend in AAA game development: new games are meant to be played on the newest consoles available. While I have seen performance issues noted on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, I had several instances of frame drop and long load times, with a couple instances of shoddy textures and animations.

    These final couple hours are in stark contrast to the other 75% of the game where we galavant around in Disney movies getting **** all done until it’s suddenly just time to push the plot into high gear. The Disney worlds almost seem like an afterthought compared to the gravitas of the much darker final battles, where everyone gets serious and so much happens in so little time (Terra was actually Ansem’s dark guardian this whole time! Roxas is back! Two Rikus die! Ancient keyblade masters appear for backup and then disappear for no reason!) that it is clear that no one really knows what is going on...but I roll with it anyway.
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  7. Mar 3, 2019
    0
    This game was complete garbage and a waste of time. Looks like a PS3 game and plays worse than a PS2 game.

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